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Making Books Come to Life!

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  Making Books Come to Life!





Early Literacy



Early literacy is helping young children to develop skills to actually read and write. Preschoolers experiences with books and language during the first five years of their life have an impact on their early reading success. You might be thinking how I can learn more about early literacy?  These resources can assist you with increasing your knowledge:



Beginning readers can be any age and represent all disability areas.  The Beginning Literacy Framework (TM) was developed by Karen Erickson, Caroline Musselwhite and Ruth Ziolkowski in partnership with Don Johnston Incorporated to assess emergent reading behaviors and outline steps to move beginning readers forward. 



There are many low to high tech ways to make books "come to life" for young children!  Enjoy the resources below to explore ways to engage your students in the literacy experience. 


"Research supports the idea that, given a choice, young children prefer multiple readings of their favorite stories than the "Book of the Day" approach" (King-DeBaun, 2008).


Creative Communicating   Visit Pati King DeBaun's website for supported reading strategies.



Scaffolding and Supported Reading

Are you supporting your students? King-DeBaun, 2004

  • Points to the words as reading (Cued Reading)
  • Use of symbol supports in stories to model language
  • Encourages expressive language and device use in book readings (using natural, teaching models)
  • Uses pauses to allow students to participate
  • Reinforces students for "reading"
  • Engages typical peers in mini-group readings.
  • Considers the cognitive needs of typical children.
  • Positions student and materials for easy access and participation
  • Plans appropriately for the next steps in instruction
  • Modifies materials for student success
  • Opportunities are provided for independent practice

    ___  On computer

    ___ With book and device

    ___ Book only

  • Carry-over attempted in other environments (home, classroom)
  • Integrates or relates story theme to other curricular activities 


Low Tech Ideas for Making Children's Literature More Engaging!


Select books that capture the interests of your students!

  • Make pages more interesting with glitter, textured fabrics, raised glue outlines on pictures, and foam shapes and letters.  For students with vision impairments, add even more texture and baggies with objects from the book.
  • Add a "hidden sticker" to each page so the students can find the familiar hidden creature.
  • Add page fluffers or elongate pages (made from cardboard and foam, velcro, clothespins, etc.) to make the pages easier to turn.
  • Add a repeating line (highlighted to draw attention) to the pages--short, simple repeating phrase.
  • Make simple hand puppets with story book characters that have been drawn or photocopied and mounted on popsicle sticks or gloves.
  • Add pull off props to the pages with velcro (use miniature real objects or pictures of objects from the story mounted on foam core). See directions below for making literacy strips/
  • Add picture symbols to communication strips attached to the books.  Match words and phrases in the book or add short communicative phrases and use aided langauge stimulation to teach the meaning of the symbols.
  • Find objects similar to the ones in the story and build a manipulative story board for acting out the story.
  • Make literacy strips with symbols attached and attache pictures, small objects and vocabulary needed so children can interact with the book and communicate with others while reading   Making Literacy Strips.doc
  • Use literacy cubes to allow children to make choices of books, songs, friends to read with, etc.  cube_outline.pdf
  • Make a bag book by collecting materials related to a favorite children's activity, then write a story that relates to the materials.  Put these bag books into your centers or reading area. How to Make a Bag Book.doc


Creating Literature Based Communication Boards- Lori Tufte and Julie Maro describe a short simple series of steps for creating literature based communication boards for AAC users.  


More book ideas from Gayle's Preschool Rainbow including how to choose a good book http://www.preschoolrainbow.org/


Check out this powerpoint from the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies at the University of North Carolina for more ways to engage children in the literacy experience and make adaptations to books.



Tactualizing books for students who are blind or who are deafblind  http://www.med.unc.edu/ahs/clds/resources/tactual-book-kit-directions


Expand your supported reading activities with finger plays and other activities from Dr. Jean 


Dr. Jean's You Tube videos--search google or click here  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJZGoFWzPA8&feature=related


Visit The Book Chook for links to stories on You Tube.  You don't want to miss these videos to get your students interested in reading!


Copyright and Fair Use in the Classroom, on the Internet, and the World Wide Web--University of Maryland University College 


Accessible Book Collection subscription and information on Universal Design for Learning and Electronic Picture Books



Creating Digital Books


Making PowerPoint books is one of the easiest ways to create digital books.  The templates are easy to use!  Embellish your books with animations, transitions and voice! There are so many different ways to add pictures to your books such as finding pictures online, scanning the pages of your favorite picture book, and using your own digital images to put your students pictures and activities into the books. Children love to see themselves and familiar activities in books.  Be creative and involve your students in making their own books. Then, make sure the books are accessible by creating shortcuts to the book library on your desk top, and printing off the books and putting them in the book area. 



Tarheel Reader  This website is an on-line collection of free, easy-to-read and accessible books using a PowerPoint template.  Books already published on the site can be downloaded as PowerPoint files to your computer.  Then you can record narration if you want the files spoken without using the online site.  It's also simple to use this website to create your own books.  We are using this site today to make our books.  You won't believe what a valuable resource this is thanks to the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies at the University of North Carolina. 



Other PowerPoint Resources


PowerPoint is an easy way to adapt books for your students and is a program that is available  to most teachers.  You can add sound files, narration and/or animation to PowerPoint.  Books that you create can also be printed and placed in page protectors in a notebook so the book can be read anywhere.


Here are  tutorials for adding sound, narration and animation to PowerPoint slide shows.  These tutorials are written for PowerPoint 2003. 


http://www.nald.ca/library/learning/howtokit/talking/talking.pdf  (great, easy to use tutorial)


ebook.ppt (simple to use book template)


Adding Sound to Powerpoint Slides.doc 



ppt tutorial.pdf 


For more information on creating PowerPoint activities, you can visit the iC4 website which has great tutorials and activities using PowerPoint.


TTAC online has a webshop on creating Power Point ebooks.  Search online training -> Assistive Technology.  "Using Microsoft PowerPoint to Adapt and Create eBooks"



Examples of Animated Power Point books and activities  (click here to explore some creative ways to use Power Point to make books and songs)


Free Photo Resources


Use precautions to avoid inappropriate content when searching the Internet around young children.   Also make sure you use the free resources on these websites.  Many websites also charge for some of their photos. 


Pics4Learning is a copyright-friendly image library for teachers and students. The Pics4Learning collection consists of thousands of images that have been donated by students, teachers, and amateur photographers. Unlike many Internet sites, permission has been granted for teachers and students to use all of the images donated to the Pics4Learning collection.


FreeFoto.com offers a wide selection of free photos that are updated often.


Bigfoto.com is a site for more free photos.  Photographers contribute to this site just to see their images online and share with others. 


Microsoft has a large selection of free clip art and photos.


Pic Search is another great site for free photos.


Pictures of butterflies and caterpillars--often a topic in children's literature



Other Resources and Links for Early Literacy


Browser Books  Read these books on-line.  Books are indexed according to reading level.  Student can click on word to hear the word read aloud.


Books to read online, visit  Storyplace  and Starfall


Online stories narrated by the Screen Actors' Guild (videos), not many yet at the preschool level, but check these out!  Bookpals  http://www.bookpals.net/storyline


Create stories using a Boardmaker storybook template, www.mayer-johnson.com


Let's Book It with Tech'Knowledge'y  This site features lots of creative ideas for making books that are especially appropriate for elementary ages. Check out the fan books, box books, flip books and others and personalize them with your own literature themes.


Visit Caroline Musselwhite's website for fresh ideas and evidence-based practices on literacy and AAC Intervention



Caroline also provides links to a number of digital books and digital book collections.  Check these out!!!  E-Books here! 


Motion Books Send 15 seconds of your favorite video clip and for a charge they will make it into a little flip book.  You could also do this yourself using a simple video clip and video editing software.  Cute idea!


Mighty Books  This site features books, music, cartoons, games, jokes and more


PBS Teachers contains downloadable books, videos and lessons plans for teachers of early childhood.


Enchanted Learning  games, printable books, nursery rhymes and more


Magic Keys offers online storybooks--some books have speech. 


Baltimore City Public Schools  offers a library of books made with Boardmaker TM  and Picture Communication Symbols. 


TAC It Up   Visit the TAC It Up wiki for other great literacy links!


 Be Creative and Have Fun with Books!!!                         




 Pictures on this wiki retrieved from www.picsearch.com

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